Remember that time you started your quest to find THE premier weight loss plan?
I sure do.
At first I started out scouring the internet, or information superhighway as we called it back then, for diet plans that gave the quickest results with the least amount of work. Of course all of my “research” was done late at night while I snacked on Ding Dongs and grew increasingly frustrated by the fact that I never lost a pound. Go figure.
I found so many diets that promised quick results! I gave the majority of them a test drive. I remember doing the Atkins diet and loving it. All the red meat, chicken, and pork I could handle. Sign me up! And the bacon… ohhh… the sweet sweet bacon. I actually saw results pretty quickly. I’ll bet I lost 20 or 30 pounds in the course of a month. The best part was I didn’t even have to exercise! It was a match made in heaven.
Then one day I wanted pizza.
As good as that bacon was it couldn’t satisfy my craving for melted mozzarella, a thin crust, and fresh tomato sauce. One night of pizza turned into a week filled with carbs. Then a month. Then, well, you get the the picture. As much as I loved eating meat all the time, there was no way I was going to be able to live the T-Rex lifestylfe long term. I gained all my weight back, and then some.
Failing Atkins lead to failing South Beach, which lead to a short rendezvous with Slim-Fast, which ended like a train wreck.
The internet wasn’t helping me anymore. Everything the internet told me about weight loss turned into failed attempt after failed attempt. Having the internet lie to you is like having someone tell you that Santa Clause isn’t real, or that Larry King is still alive.
After the internet failed me I decided I needed to take a more personal approach with my weight loss. I started talking to people healthier that I was. My brother and sister-in-law knew all the ins and outs of how to be fit. Unfortunately, the relationship was a little too close. I didn’t want to be monitored and I didn’t want them feeling like they had to monitor my eating habits. However, one thing they quickly taught me was that being healthy wan’t about a quick fix. It was about making healthy food choices and controlling portions. Adding exercise on top of that would help the weight loss go even quicker.
Right after they shared those words of wisdom with me I found out that my best friend from high school (you may know him) was also the co-owner of IdealShape. Everything he was telling me about his program was right in line with everything my brother, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, had told me. He didn’t have a quick weight loss solution. He had a way to completely change the way I thought about food and my body. He promised no quick fixes, just results if I were willing to work hard.
I was more than intrigued.
Then he added one more component. He wanted to know what my commitment level was. He wanted to know if I was mentally ready to start shedding the pounds.
I had to check myself. I had never really thought about weight loss as a mental battle before. I left our conversation with a lot to think about.
Was I really ready to lose weight?
Was I mentally strong enough to make a change?
Why would this time be different than all of the other times?
I had a good sleep and woke up the next morning confident that I could make a change if I put my mind to it. I knew that even if I wasn’t a mental powerhouse yet, I was willing to put in the work to become one.
It was funny to see how sticking to the exercise and nutrition plan made me feel great physically and also made me believe I could accomplish anything. Then while I worked on mastering my mind my confidence to achieve bigger fitness goals became evident.
It was a vicious cycle. And by vicious I mean awesome. Extremely awesome.
Now it’s your turn. Share with me the plan you’re using to get healthy. Don’t be shy! Sell me your program. Tell me why it works for you and why you believe it will work for others. What about the diet or exercise program caught your eye and made you decide it was right for you? I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it!